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Agar Cross & Co (600 Calle Entre Rios, Rosario Bahia Blanca)

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Agar Cross & Co took it's name from the founder, a Mr Agar Cross. It seems unlikely that Agar Cross & Co actually manufactured lamps or lanterns. They were River Plate Merchants exporting to South America based in London.  The UK office was at Carlton House, 11d, Regent Street, S.W.

Established in 1884, they traded as a private firm down to 1908, when they became incorporated as a private Limited Company. At that time the directors were Thomas F. Agar (Chairman), Malcolm Cross, Richard Agar, James S. Agar, William A. Agar.

This was  one of the largest companies of its kind trading in the Argentine, Uruguayan and Paraguayan Republics. Specialities were machinery of all kinds—Industrial, Agricultural and Electrical—along with other classes of goods. Its chief house abroad was 515 to 519, Paseo Colon, Buenos Aires, with numerous additional warehouses; it has also establishments at 600 to 624, Calle Entre Rios, Rosario' at Bahia Blanca, and elsewhere in South America also at 11, Broadway, New York. Trading areas were United Kingdom; United States of America; Continent of Europe; Australia and South America.

The company supplied great amounts of farm equipment to South America, including the iconic Aeromotor windmills which were made in the USA and exported to Argentina from 1892 onwards.

References:

Grace's Guide to British Industrial History. 1914 - Who's who in Business

RootsWeb - the Agar archives. Forum post by Elizabeth Agar, June 2002

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